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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Associate Director

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  • Amman Jordan
  • TBD USD / Year
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FHI 360

Associate Director Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Jordan Higher Education for Prosperity Program, Jordan

FHI 360 seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Associate Director based in Amman, Jordan, to support an anticipated USAID-funded project aimed to improving the Higher Education in Jordan.

Project Description:

The Higher Education for Prosperity program is expected to focus on improving performance of core functions by higher education institutions, including student-centered teaching and learning, research, and engagement; and supporting effective and sustainable collaboration among higher education institutions, industry, and government stakeholders to improve teaching and learning, research, and innovation.

The MERL Associate Director is responsible for overseeing all project research and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) activities, including design and implementation in close collaboration with other project teams. The MERL Associate Director will work collaboratively with other team members to build an understanding of tools, and ensure data is correctly collected, analyzed, disseminated, and used by relevant stakeholders. S/he is responsible for the design of surveys and analytical products, as well as for analyzing data against key indicators, including identifying key project learnings and informing necessary adaptations to achieve project goals and preparing all reports required by USAID and for project internal purposes. S/he is responsible for developing tools and building the capacity of sub-awardees and other project beneficiaries who will utilize data and report to the project for M&E purposes.

The MERL Associate Director will also lead the project’s Knowledge Management functions and serve as the project’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) coordinator with the COP as the lead. S/he will be a senior member of the project management team and be responsible, along with the Chief of Party, for overall technical quality of the project. The MERL Associate Director will supervise the M&E team.

The position will be resident-based in Amman, Jordan. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the Higher Education project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate implementation of M&E systems and reporting requirements for the project, including progress against key indicators from the project Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP).
  • Design, develop, and oversee implementation of M&E tools and systems to collect, analyze, and aggregate data that measure project impact and results against key AMELP indicators.
  • Lead data collection design, analysis, and use of data to promote evidence-based programming, provide timely feedback in relation to project targets, work plan activities and objectives, and address gaps in programming.
  • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.
  • Maintain understanding of overall M&E function and monitor the work in data analysis from other tools.
  • Revise, redesign, and monitor effectiveness of Data Collection tools, including spreadsheet templates as well as reporting frameworks in the project’s Knowledge Management System (KMS).
  • Develop protocols on Data Collection and work with M&E team to train staff and ensure accurate understanding of how to use Data Collection tools and assign and monitor responsibility for data collection and data entry.
  • Experience in leading and implementing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches, and developing learning and systems thinking is preferable.
  • Coordinate with all project teams, including technical and grants staff, to ensure sufficient understanding of Data Collection requirements, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner to meet USAID reporting deadlines.
  • Analyze data collected through spreadsheet and KMS tools, prepare and ensure accuracy of all USAID reporting requirements.
  • Communicate with relevant USAID and other donor projects on M&E actions and training activities, and support integration of the project’s M&E with the Mission’s teams.
  • Contribute to training materials and conduct workshops for local partner universities on their M&E requirements against primary project indicators and develop templates and reporting schedules/protocols for grantees.
  • Support local universities, where applicable, in developing M&E data collection and analysis plans required both for project reporting purposes and measuring overall effectiveness of activities supported by the project.
  • Design and maintain project KMS, including developing reporting functions that align to project indicators, and developing Data Collection Protocols for staff.
  • Monitor KMS data entry and analysis to ensure KMS is meeting project needs.
  • Work with senior management and M&E team to revise and adapt programming based on survey findings, analysis of progress against key indicators, and other feedback mechanisms.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, international development, or a related field.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience, including at least five years of experience in managing data intensive programs and designing M&E activities for donor-funded programs, including hands-on practical experience setting up and managing M&E systems.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of development and monitoring of output, outcome, and impact indicators.
  • Prior experience utilizing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches to improve project performance and achieve impact.
  • Prior experience designing M&E systems and tools on economic growth-related projects preferred.
  • Strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, databases, spreadsheets.
  • Must be a strong self-starter.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills; demonstrates initiative and good judgment.
  • Fluency (written and oral) in English and Arabic

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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